'How to talk to an Autistic Kid' takes a gold!

While I was at ALA in Anaheim this weekend I was ecstatic to find out that the book I illustrated last year for Freespirit Publishing ' How to Talk to an Autistic Kid' won a gold in the Foreward Reviews Book of the Year Awards, announced at ALA. And I didn't realize till I got home!


Congratulations to Daniel Stefanski .. awesome autistic author!

In other news I found a box o' books awaiting me when I got back to Maine. Love the colours! This is the 4th in the series of Anastasia Suen's 'All Star Cheerleaders' published by Kane Miller.  

And here we are together at ALA getting ready to sign like crazy! 100 in an hour and I drew a cheerleader in EVERY one ... what was I thinking??

 More on my exploits at ALA Anaheim in another post ... it was exhausting and fun and exhausting and FUN!

Right now I have to finish a cover.


Solstice and Stores

Sounds like I'm going to say something profound about our capitalist society? No. You will have to go to an intelligent blog for THAT sort of thing.

Here's the Solstice bit:

My critters lazing in the last of the day's sun.

And here's the store bit:

Visiting Hanover B&N last week, found 'Autistic Kid' on the shelf. Always nice!

This week I find myself with FREE TIME. As in no projects on my board with deadlines - been a long time. I've thrown off the darn flu too. Time to pull out the dummies! First, some research into where to submit the math concept books. (Remember them?) Seems a truly long time since I did anything with them. They went out to a couple of publishers this year, but no bites ... that was single submissions. Now's the time to look at publishers interested in this subject and do a targeted submission, just a few at a time. Amazon is always handy for narrowing down subjects with their nifty search facility. And I use the CWIM handbook.

That will keep me out of mischief over Christmas. 

Hope you have a peaceful season wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Me, I'm staying right here at home with 'im indoors, by the fire, with books and movies and season's eatings.

OH! If you haven't seen HUGO already what the heck are you waiting for? GO!!!!!!


Ont he bookshelf"
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brain Selznick
The Elements of Style - Strunk and White
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - Judi and Ron Barrett
Olivia Saves the Circus - Ian Falconer

Books for a Better Life

Monday came round quick this week. (Only 6 days since the last one). Thanksgiving is thundering toward us totally out of control, no doubt bringing snow and Christmas in it's wake. I am looking at my things-I-want-to-do-before-the-end-of-the-year list, and wondering just how many are achievable.

High on my list is to send another publisher's mail-out. This time I have a postcard featuring my 'Dandelion Fairy'. I would love to work up a dummy around her adventures with her little bunny ... but I also have other dummies that need work - and they have been waiting a good while for some attention. So 'Dandelion Fairy' will be scribbled on a post it note and stuck up on the window frame with the other titles.

Let me know if you would like a postcard! Email your address to hazel-mitchell@hotmail.com .

Exciting news this week for Daniel Stefanski, Freespirit Publishing and the book I illustrated earlier this year 'How to Talk to an Autistic Kid.' It's a finalist in the relationship category of 'Books for a Better Life', an award sponsored by The Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. The award ceremony is in March at The New York Times Centre. Very much hoping to go and hoping that the book wins! What an awesome thing this would be for Daniel Stefanski, who is 15 and suffers from autism. Fingers Crossed please.


The rest of this week is going to be busy. Putting to bed 'The Naughty Grandmother' for a private client, and working on an education pdf project for 'Reading A-Z'. Friday I am goign on an OUTING, but can't tell you where yet. Saturday I am doing signing at Pittsfield Library, Maine with 'All Star Cheerleaders: Tick Tock, Taylor.' Fun!

Let's hope my computer behaves ... complete rebuild this weekend, caused by a power unit failure and possible dodgy memory chip. I did, however, learn a valuable lesson when the power unit messed up my hard drive a couple of weeks ago ... now have a server I back up to every night. Thank goodness 'im indoors is a techie!

Toodles and thanks for popping in!


On the bedside table:

The Story of Charlotte's Web - Michael Sims
A Ball for Daisy - Chris Raschka
Me ... Jane  Patrick McDonnell
Pavement Chalk Artist - Julian Beever